In a back-and-forth affair last Tuesday evening against the Southwood Knights, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles, despite some solid play in the first and third quarters, suffered their sixth loss, as a triple from Carson Rich with 23.8 seconds left proved to the dagger in a 62-59 loss.
“Southwood did an excellent job of running offense and hit some big shots from multiple weapons,” Oak Hill Head Coach Renbarger said. “We completely broke down on the defensive end and went seven-of-19 from the foul line.”
Oak Hill got off to a strong start, building a 19-14 advantage after the first eight minutes of play. The Knights came roaring back in the stanza, outscoring Oak Hill 14-5 to turn their five-point deficit into a 28-24 lead at halftime.
A tremendous third quarter, which the Golden Eagles ended on a 16-4 run, helped them regain the momentum they had lost before halftime. But a 26-point fourth quarter for the Knights proved to be the difference, and Rich’s three-pointer capped off the comeback effort.
[We had] poor effort, poor execution, and [we] turned the ball over 13 times in the first half,” Renbarger said. “All of those were contributing factors to our first half deficit. In spurts of the second half, we saw those things go away but not for long periods of time to finish the game off. Hats off to Southwood for being a better coached and more prepared basketball team tonight.”
Tahj Johnson led the Golden Eagles with 12 points, while Ryan Pederson and Tristen Hayes each collected seven.